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Marijampole County is situated in the southwestern part of the country and includes the town of Marijampole as well as the districts of Marijampole, Sakiai and Vilkaviskis. The county has an area of 4470 km2 and a population of 198,000 people, of whom 97.5% are ethnic Lithuanians, 1.4% Russians, and 0.2% Poles. Marijampole County borders with the Kaliningrad District of Russia in the west, in the south with Poland, in the southeast with Alytus County, in the northeast with Kaunas County, and in the north with Taurage County.
Marjampole County is a land of fertile plains with picturesque valleys and rivers. Almost the whole county is situated on the lower reaches of the Sesupe River with only the southern end lying in the Baltic Hills. Forest land covers only 18.4% of the county, with the most wooded areas in the northwestern part.
The traditional crops grown are rye, wheat, barley, peas, potatoes, sugar beets, and various other vegetables. Various enterprises process all the main agricultural products: AB Marijampoles konservai (processing and canning fruits, berries, vegetables), AB Marijampoles pieno konservai (producing milk products, milk powder, coffee, casein, refreshing drinks), AB Mepra (meat products), AB Marijampoles cukrus (sugar), AB Marijampoles grudai (combined forage, corn), AB Marijampoles duona (breads), and a mill.
In Vilkaviskis district: UAB Virbalio baldai (furniture and wooden products), UAB Lietdesta (meat products), Kybartai Ceramic Factory of AB Jiesia (domestic ceramic articles), AB Kybartu Gelzbetonis (ferro-concrete goods), and AB Zemkalnija (dress-making).
In Marijampole district: AB Giriu bizonas (furniture, wooden turned plates, other wooden products), AB Kalvarijos keramika (bricks, concrete-cement, wooden products), and the farm meat processing firm of V. Zarnauskas.
Tourism, recreational areas
Culture, historical monuments, protected reserves
In Vilkaviskis district: Churches in Graziskiai and Vistytis (XIX century), Paezeriai estate palace (XVIII century), Piliakalniai Mound, the oak forest on the J. Basanavicius estate, and the Vistytis regional park with recreational centre.
In Marijampole district: Varnupiai Mound and stone, Padovinys Mound, the estate of Jurgis Matulaitis, archbishop, Memorial to the President K. Grinius, Antanavas Chapel, the estate of K. Boruta, the estate of the pilot A. Gustaitis, cemetery of the victims of fascism, Amalvas botanical and zoological reserve (1472 hectares), and Kazlu Ruda landscape reserve (857.1 hectares).
In the Sakiai district: Zanavykai Museum, V. Grybas Museum, V. Kudirka Memorial Museum.
In the Vilkaviskis disctrict: the Ethnographical Museum, J. Basanavicius Estate Museum, V. Kudirka Granary Museum, the estate of S. Neris.
In the Marijampole district: Kazlu Ruda Forest Museum.
Monument to J. Basanavicius in Vilkaviskis.
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